Monday, March 12, 2012

Commodore Nutt



Miniature Persons week continues here at OPOD with this picture of Commodore Nutt. His real name was George Washington Morrison Nutt, but P. T. Barnum gave him the stage name Commodore Nutt. Above he is pictured with the Lovely Ms. Lavinia Warren, whom we featured on Saturday. Rumor has it that the Commodore was very sweet on the Lovely Ms. Warren.

13 comments:

  1. Thank goodness there were no big chairs for the ENM to get excited about

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  2. I knew that Commodore Nutt would make an apperance this week. He is a well known name in Manchester, NH (his birthplace). There is a pond named after him, "Nutts Pond", near the South Manchester Little League field. My boys used to catch frogs in that pond.

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  3. How bizarre to retain the name 'Nutt' and change the rest of his name to something that sounds more ostentatious.

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  4. P.T. Barnum changed his name to Commodore. He died at the young age of 37 in 1881,(kidney problems)and is buried in The Merrill Cemetery in Manchester, NH. It's a very small cemetery at the entrance to the Mall of NH. The Nutt family plot does not have his name on the family tombstone. I read that perhaps the family was afraid that someone would try to mess with his grave so they didn't mark it. He travelled quite a bit in his brief time and met many royals around the world.

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  5. From the expression on her face, it seems the lovely Lavinia didn't return the Commodore's sentiments.

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  6. Lady Anne, the expression on her face is from balancing precariously upon a giant chair! If you look closely, you can clearly see the back of the chair hidden under her hoop skirt giving the appearance of a raised bustle. The notion of a Commodore's being so much shorter than his wife would be preposterous. Perhaps if he was a powder monkey, but certainly not a man of his rank. Thanks for another great Giant Chair photo!

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  7. Love the pictures this week. I just wish we knew the ages of them when they were photographed. I think Ms. Lavinia was photographed on the chair to show off her full skirt. She looks like a doll.

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  8. ENM, Hmmmmm? Im not a historian of ladies fashions from the 1860's but didn't they have some sort of hoop thing under there that raised their bustle? Like a bustle booster of some kind. I see those old westerns on TV and the woman have raised bustles without the aid of chairs. How are you going to walk down the street with a chair raising your bustle? At least I think there aren't any chairs under there. Now a days I think the ladies want to keep their bustle more natural but what do I know. I can't even believe we are discussing raised bustles and to tell the truth, I'm not even sure what a bustle is, I just like saying the word. It's a fun word to say... Bustle, Bustle.

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  9. The picture shown is cropped from one taken of the Commodore, Lavinia, Tom Thumb, and a man labeled only as The Giant.

    http://www.old-picture.com/mathew-brady-studio/General-Lavinia-Warren-Thumb.htm

    There is no chair involved.

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  10. Good find Lady Anne, the bustle debate has been resolved!

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  11. i would ask the couple fer some spare change,,,,
    but i see they re a little SHORT,
    today,,,,,,,,!
    couldnt resist,,,!
    oldbear

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  12. Perhaps the Giant Chair will go down in the annals of history like the Grassy Knoll.

    HMMM, perhaps I really am a robot.

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  13. Yes, bustle sounds better than bulge.

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